American Heritage Girls (AHG) and Trail Life USA are Christ-centered programs that use activities to build young women and men of integrity through character and spiritual development, team building and leadership opportunities.

  • Youth ages 5 to 18 years learn life skills by earning badges in areas such as outdoor skills, hobbies, science and technology and more.
  • Troop meetings are typically twice per month with community service projects and fun outings throughout the program year (Sept through May).
  • Parents/guardians volunteer to help provide these great opportunities.
  • Our current roster is over 60 families throughout Lake and McHenry counties.


Faith - Service - Fun A ministry of Trinity Community Church, American Heritage Girls Troop IL 1190 is a Christ-centered character, leadership, and adventure program for girls ages 5-18. Through this ministry girls develop into Christ-following servant leaders who are honoring, relational, anchored, and competent. American Heritage Girls combines the methods of traditional scout-type programs, including outdoor skills, leadership development, the patrol method, advancement, and uniforms, with Christian youth ministry. The program’s vision is to be the premier national character development organization for girls that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

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Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to be: Compassionate, Helpful, Honest, Loyal, Perseverant, Pure, Resourceful, Respectful, Responsible & Reverent.
I promise to Love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country and Serve in my community.
  • Faith- Christ Follower: Submits to Christ and seeks God's will for her life
  • Leadership- Servant Leader: Following Jesus' model of leadership by putting others first
  • Social- Relational: Investing in positive and loving relationships with others
  • Emotional- Anchored: Clings to Christ even when emotions try to take control
  • Citizenship- Honoring: Cares for her community as an active citizen through service and patriotism
  • Life Skills- Competent: Enjoys mastering new skills and applies them to her life
An AHG Troup is comprised of the following levels, which meet together.
  • Patherfinder:Ages 5-7 and in Kindergarten
  • Tenderfoot: Ages 6-8 and in Grades 1st-3rd
  • Explorers: Ages 9-11 and in Grades 4th-6th
  • Pioneers: Ages 12-14 and in grades 7th-8th
  • Patriots:  Ages 14-18 and in Grades 9th-12th

Please contact Emily Knipp or Brittney Portwood for more information:

Emily Knipp 
(630) 433-1807

Brittney Portwood
(312) 451-8268
Trinity Community Church is charter organization to AHG Troop IL-1190
Our troop meets twice a month, Sept through May, with many additional opportunities for fun and service. We meet at the same time as the American Heritage Girls to provide a convenient ‘one stop scouting’ experience for families.

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Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered nonprofit scouting organization for boys ages 5-18 with a mission “to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.” The program’s vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens. Trail Life USA’s motto “Walk Worthy” comes from Colossians 1:10  “… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…”
  • Woodlands – Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Navigators – 6th through 8th grades
  • Adventurers – 9th through 12th grades

For more information on Trail Life USA Troop 1190, please contact:

Andy Acebal (847) 546-8970

For more information on the Trail Life USA program in general, please visit

Trinity Community Church is the charter organization for Trail Life USA Troop 1190.